Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love, and See
By Naomi Wolf
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743249782, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
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Leonard Wolf, a retired professor now in his early eighties, is the kind of person who likes to use a medieval astrolabe, dress in Basque shepherd's clothing, and convince otherwise sensible people to quit their jobs and follow their passions. Leonard believes that inside everyone is an artist, and that happiness in life depends on valuing and acting upon one's creative impulse. In The Treehouse, her most personal book yet, Naomi Wolf outlines her father's lessons in creating lasting success and happiness, and offers inspiration for the artist in all of us.
Drawn from Leonard's lecture notes, the chapters of The Treehouse remind us to "Be Still and Listen," "Use Your Imagination," and "Do Nothing Without Passion," and that "Your Only Wage Will Be Joy" and "Mistakes Are Part of the Draft." This is a journey of self-discovery in which the creative endeavor is paramount.
The Treehouse is a stirring personal history, a meditation on fathers and daughters, an argument for honoring the creative impulse, and a unique instruction in the art of personal happiness.
Naomi Wolf made a sensation with her landmark international bestseller The Beauty Myth in 1991. The author of four books, she is also the cofounder and president of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She lives in New York City.
"Part memoir, part biography, part self-help...The Treehouse is an admirable book -- a book about growing up and growing wise, about looking back so that one might move forward, about finding one's true place in life, as opposed to one's place in culture or society."
-- Beth Kephart, Chicago Tribune
"Naomi Wolf's portrait of her father is inspiring and heartwarming. But just as inspiring is the way The Treehouse liberates readers to find their own creativity. This book is a hard-earned gift. It is also the most transformative of Naomi Wolf's books."
-- Erica Jong